Nighoj Potholes, Ahmednagar • Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday!

Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday – Nighoj Potholes or Ranjan Khalge!

Nighoj Potholes, Kukdi River, Ahmednagar • Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday!
Nighoj Potholes, Kukadi River, Ahmednagar

Another week… and another Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday. Though, all the days are feeling the same! But we need to remind ourselves to keep sane and normal. 😂😂Haha! Throwback to the days when we use to travel almost every weekend at a new destination. This post is quite interesting and not known by many people. So, I will be talking about  the Nighoj Potholes or Ranjan Khalge in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra state. Here are the fun facts…. 

  • Nighoj (Ranjan Khalge) Potholes are Asia’s largest natural potholes on the riverbed of the Kukadi river in the Nighoj village.
  • Located just 75 Kms from Pune, Nighoj is in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra State.
  • Science suggest that because of the high rainfalls in former days, Kukadi river flow out from the highlands with such a force that ended up scouring the basalt rocks.
  • The fascinating formations and terrain look like canyon or other wordly. It can be imagined like a moon’s surface.
  • The gorge is around 2-3 kms in length.
  • The Malganga Temple is located on the riverbed of the Nighoj Potholes which is visited by thousand of pilgrims.

    Do you wish me to post more detailed description and photographs of Nighoj? Please do share your thoughts.

    I hope this post created interest in you about knowing this place and more. Read some of the more Nanchi’s Fun Facts here…
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31 thoughts on “Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday – Nighoj Potholes or Ranjan Khalge!

  1. Fascinating, Madam.. 😊😊 Thank you so much for sharing..!!
    These potholes are scientifically called “Tinajas”.

    As you rightly said, perhaps excessive rains (rather frequent flash floods) in small “arroyos” or creeks like these result in the formation of these Tinajas. The rock composition should probably be igneous (basaltic probably) considering the rock composition of the Deccan Plateau in general. Maybe that’s the reason why these flash flooded arroyos could not create a deep canyon or a single gorge. That’s however my personal analysis.

    Great post yet again Madam..!! Look forward to a new one from you.. 😊😊

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    1. Yes, Tinajas is the word. I assume the pebbles carried away by the river gets locked in the cracks in the basalt rocks and with the water current these pebbles form the cavity in the rocks. This process offcourse takes 100 of years. It is a deep canyon. At few spots it can be around 100 feet deep.

      Thank you for adding value to the post. 😊 I am glad you liked the post. Next post is my one of the most memorable trips. Will share soon. Thank you, Abir 😊

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      1. There is one long canyon, but the landscape is littered with potholes and not a long and deep canyon. Maybe if the flash floods continued more, then the situation would have been different. Or again, if we had some sedimentary rocks in place of the hard basalt.
        100 feet is deep for humans, I agree, but I was speaking in geographical terms.. 😛

        Thank you Madam once again for sharing.. 😊😊 I am sure the next one will be interesting as well.. 😊😊

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      2. Moreover, if you look closely, there aren’t any visible rock “layers” or strata. The sedimentary ones do contain such features. And they are relatively easier to sculpt or erode away.


  2. Well, this was actually something different to know tonight.

    Till now we were getting the facts for hills and forts, but here it talks more about the stones.

    You never fail to amaze us, Nanchi.


  3. I wanted to visit this place for a long time but some way or the other could not manage till now. It’s so good to see your post on Nighoj Potholes, thanks for sharing.


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